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Report: Kaberle on verge of audition with Rangers’ AHL affiliate

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MONTREAL, CANADA - FEBRUARY 2: Tomas Kaberle #22 of the Montreal Canadiens kneels on the ice in front of the net during the NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres on February 2, 2013 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

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It sounds like Tomas Kaberle will get to see if his patience will finally pay off.

After falling short of making the New Jersey Devils and practicing with the New York Rangers for more than a week without a full contract, the veteran defenseman may be in line to get the equivalent to an AHL “audition” for the Rangers this weekend.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that he could play for the Hartford Wolf Pack as early as Friday, at least if he signs a PTO:

Seeing Dreger note “three games during the weekend” might seem odd to NHL fans accustomed to scheduling in which back-to-back games are about as hectic as things get, yet Hartford does indeed play games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. That would give the 36-year-old some solid opportunities to shake off what must be a considerable amount of rust.

Even if the Rangers are merely giving Kaberle a look for veteran insurance, this is a cheap way to try to get the most out of him, even if he’s really just a short-term injury stopgap.

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